Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton won a bronze medal at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio in the heptathlon. She announced her retirement from track and field this winter.
We start a new season in this sport and one has to ask the question, “Is there another podium finish for Canadian women possible at this year’s World Championships in London?”
With April now upon us and the outdoor season underway, are there any clues as to an heir apparent for this void?
Well if one considered the women’s 4x100m relay team as a potential podium finisher in London, things did not start off well in Gainesville, Florida last weekend. Both Canada A and B teams failed to finish the 4x100m race.
Crystal Emmanuel, Kimberly Hyacinthe, Farah Jacques and Khamica Bingham were on the Canada A team The 4x200m results did get to the finish line with A team timed in 1:33.00 and B team in 1:36.62.
The teams are preparing for the World Relays Championships set for April 22+23 in Nassau, Bahamas. This event will qualify the top 8 teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m to compete in the World Championships in London on August 4-13. Athletics Canada has yet to announce their team for Nassau but one assumes that Canada’s 7th place team in the Rio Olympics will be included.
Crystal Emmanuel did however run a fast 200m in Florida the day before the relays.
She recorded fine 22.86 time just shy of her personal best of 22.80.